Many people bemoan the fact that it is difficult to get a consultation with their GP. There’s a lot of media attention about non-urgent visits place on the NHS budget, in particular GP and Casualty department visits. A recent survey by the British Medical Association has received the following response from GP and Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard which highlights the relentless workloads in general practice and the danger this is posing to patients’ safety.
She said: “This echoes much of what the College has been saying for some time now – the relentlessness of the workload in general practice is a threat to our own health and our patients’ safety.
“GPs will see a total of 1.3m patients today alone, and rising patient demand means GPs are carrying out more consultations than ever before – currently 370m a year and 60m more per year than even five years ago.
“Over the past three years, the College’s Put patients first: Back general practice campaign has raised awareness of the crippling workload pressures facing general practice.
“The GP Forward View announced by NHS England earlier this year could provide a lifeline for our profession.
“We are now focused on making sure that the pledges in the GPFV become a reality, sooner rather than later, so that GPs and our teams are fully supported to provide excellent care for our patients now, and in the future.”
Source. Royal College of General Practitioners.